Sunday, February 12, 2012

Lift Redfern Station Campaign

Redfern Railway station is one of the busiest stations in the country, with over 40,000 people passing through its gates each day, yet it doesn't have a single lift.

Never mind the residents nearby with children, disabilities or heavy luggage; never mind the elderly, frail or unwell; never mind the thousands of students of diverse backgrounds and needs who use the station on a daily basis.

No, if you want to catch or get off a train at Redfern, you have to climb one of the steep concrete staircases, or - if you're lucky - catch an equally steep escalator to the underground platforms.

For many people, this challenge is simply too difficult - or too dangerous - to seriously contemplate, and they are effectively excluded from relying on rail transport to get around. This is an outrage, and is totally unacceptable.

It is, of course, nothing new, nor is the empty government rhetoric about 'reviews' and 'plans' for upgrades. Successive governments have been making - and breaking - promises to fix the situation since at least the 1990s.

So, in January this year, the people of Redfern launched the broad-based Lift Redfern campaign to get the NSW government to pull its finger out.

Since Premier Barry O'Farrell has promised that any petition with 10,000 signatures will be debated on the floor of parliament, that's our aim. With 10,000 signatures and overwhelming public support, hopefully the debate will embarrass *both* major parties enough to make them fast-track an upgrade.

The petition can be downloaded here (the return address details are at the bottom - unfortunately parliament only accepts hard copies). Please pass it around your neighbourhood, your workplace, your school, even your train carriage.

For more information, or to get involved in the Lift Redfern campaign, check out the info on the REDWatch website.

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